Professional summary

Matthew is a terrestrial ecologist with wide-ranging interests, but detailed knowledge of population and community ecology (applied ecology, plant-animal interactions, ecological theory) coupled with field and analytical skills. The broad focus of his research is to understand: i) what the key drivers causing declines in wildlife are, and ii) develop and evaluate actions to halt or reverse these declines.

He studies a range of taxa from plants, microbes, invertebrates (especially insects) to small mammals and birds and tackle these questions through experimentation, fieldwork, molecular methods, analyses of large datasets, and modelling.

Current research themes

  • interactions between agriculture and biodiversity
  • pollination ecology
  • ecosystem function
  • restoration ecology and conservation 
  • plant community dynamics
  • application of molecular analyses for ecological research (microbiomes, plant outcrossing, population genetic structure)

Research experience

  • Principal investigator on a range of projects.
  • In the last 7 years he has contributed to winning >£10 million of income and have developed new science areas through RM grants (NERC,BBSRC, ERC, EFSA), industrial links (Biobest, Syngenta, Bayer) and provided policy evidence (for stakeholders like NE, Defra, EFSA).
  • Lead for recent critical evaluation of CEH’s National Capability monitoring portfolio (>£4m)
  • Supervisor for completed PhD students, MSc and BSc students - 4 current PhD students
  • Author of over 97 peer-reviewed publications +>30 contract reports ; h index score = 31;  i10 index=50, >4300 citations)
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